Clay Matthews Says He Will Play Sunday vs. Lions

Clay Matthews Says He Will Play Sunday vs. Lions

After injuring his hamstring vs. the Bengals, Clay Matthews says he will play Sunday vs. Detroit after having the bye week to recover
Clay Matthews was clear right from the first question he answered Thursday at his locker.

"I'll be out there this Sunday, it's feeling good," Matthews said.

Matthews says he doesn't feel like he would need to take plays off, but figures some kind of rotation will be in play vs. Detroit at Lambeau Field Sunday.

“I think I need to be smart, not only for me personally coming off the Cincinnati game, but also just the longevity of the season,” Matthews said. “We’re only in Week 4. I thought we were doing a good job of that leading up to the Cincinnati game, spelling a few reps here and there for Mike (Neal), so we’ll see how it comes. But ultimately I plan on being out there and helping this team.”

Matthews was listed as a full participant in Thursday's practice after being limited on Wednesday.  While having multiple hamstring concerns over the years is obviously not a good thing, Matthews says with experience with the injury helps his ability to get better.

"It is unfortunate first and foremost, but I’ve come to, not accept it, but to understand the rehab process," Matthews said. "I think a younger Clay thought the world was over and I was going to be cut the next day and I’m not living up to the billing.

Matthews has 13 tackles, two sacks, and two forced fumbles in his first three games.

As added motivation, a return tot he field would give the former USC Trojan a chance to help corral a former teammate that used to get the better of him at practice in college, Reggie Bush.

"That offense definitely features him by putting the ball into his hands so, he's been playing well," Matthews said. "He does look very reminiscent with a lot of his hurdles, and just his overall play-making ability to that of when I was on scout team playing against him."

"He's a great player and obviously he gave me a fair share of 'Welcome to college' (moments). Maybe now it would be the other way around."

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